Christmas time is family time for the majority of Namibians and each festive holiday always seems to invoke a sudden migration of locals to the north, indeed home to many and harbour of some of the posh and well-manicured holiday destinations, but what happens to the south?
Definitely the pioneering beauty and tranquil of Namibia around the season of festivity cannot be contained by one area and so it seems there is still a lot of magic that always eludes many in some of the untapped holiday destinations to the south of Namibia.
As much as the Northern part of Namibia has much to offer and has more exciting things to see and many activities are happening at that side in December, maybe one should consider the South this time and experience something new in a different way.
In fact the Ministry of Tourism is currently also pushing for Domestic tourism in the country and by touring around our own country we are contributing to the growth of the economy.
Although the festive season is known as family time as many people work in urban areas and don’t see their homes and family on a daily basis, we should also figure out a way to explore around the country once in a while.
It is amazing how many Namibians can spend thousands of dollars on alcohol during the festive season but fail to spend on leisure activities such as touring around Namibian and exploring our natural resources.
Close to Mariental there is a beautiful Fish river in the Hardap region, a recreation resort and important water supply for Mariental and the Surrodungin vegetable and fruit farms.
There is also the Duwisib castle that is favoured by many tourists and some of us have never seen it although we live in Namibia.
The castle is like a mirage. It is made from red sandstone emerges from the surrounding desert. Research shows that this castle was built in the early 90’s and reintroduced in 2004.
German Baron Von Wolf built the castle for his American wife, Jayta Humhreys to express his love for her, they met in Germany and he decided to build the castle in the middle of nowhere as a token of his love.
Today, the castle is a historic site and national monument, which is a convenient stopover for people travelling from Sesriem and Sossusvlei in Southern Namibia.
Now that we know about this castle I am sure many would save up money to see this place especially couples in Namibia can make use of this love memory and mesmerise.
Apart from the castle the South also has the Hardap Resort which is about five kilometre north of Mariental, a recreational resort around the Hardap Dam.
The south has so much to offer including the largest canyon in Africa, (Fish river canyon), it is also the second most visited tourist attraction in Namibia.
One would agree that visiting different places in Namibia does not only bring happiness but keeps us informed and educated about the things we learned about in school to be able to pass it on to the next generation.
Situated 100 kilometres South of Windhoek is also the Lake Oanob Resort that one can spend the festive season as it puts one’s body and soul in harmony with nature.
Lake Oanob Resort is one of the unique resort featuring spacious luxury chalets, cosy rooms and unique campsites.
They also offer superb lake views, genuine, heartfelt hospitality and the perfect place to relax and be invigorated as well as offering interesting activities like game drives, hiking, boat rides, canoeing, aqua cycling, giraffe pool bar and swimming.
Statistics provided by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism states that, 25.4 percent of people travelled to Windhoek in 2015, while 20.9 percent travelled to Hardap region meanwhile, only 2.8 percent travels to Kara’s region on overnight trips.
The report further shows that, 7.5 percent of Namibian people travelled to the Otjozondjupa region while18.5 travelled to the Erongo region.
These statistics serve to confirm that despite the beautiful scenery and hospitable destinations from the south, people continue to flock to the north.
So why not pack up this season and drive to the south and explore some of the best kept secrets Namibia harbours?